{Free Reading} CranfordAuthor Prunella Scales – Albawater.co

If you have seen the tv series of Cranford then you have some idea of the story, although in that another two stories by Elizabeth Gaskell was added Cranford isn t really a novel as such, it is a series of vignettes, or short stories and it was originally published from time to time in Household Words.There is not a main plot as such, because of the way it was originally composed, however that doesn t detract from it as something fun to read There is a lot of humour here, and my favourite is a cow being given clothing due to an accident This is always fun to read, and is ideal for relaxing and unwinding to. A wonderful, lighthearted, highly entertaining and heart warming book set in a mid 19th century English small town most likely modelled on Knutsford, Cheshire Cranford is full of great characters many highly eccentric all struggling to maintain the standard of gentility of a by gone year, without the means to do so The lengths to which they go to preserve the veneer of prosperity and their place in Cranford society provides much of the humour of the book which is superbly read by Prunella Scales If you are needing your spirits lifted , Cranford is the book for you. The condition of the book received is excellent The coloured cover of the book a bonus.The first line of CHAPTER 1 our societyis interesting In the first place,Cranford is in possession of the s all the holders of houses above a certain rent are women As a collector of books I do not always read complete books upon receipt.The Biography of Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskellis interesting and in September 2010 a memorial to Gaskell was dedicated in Poet s Corner in Westminster Abbey,in the form of a panel in the Hubbard memorial window,above the tomb of Geoffrey Chaucer The importance of windows is sometimes overlookedas other tombs and inscriptions at lower levels first catch the eye. This is a gentle tale of a long gone way of life It is beautifully read, and I enjoyed it very much The style is naturally old fashioned by today s standards, but there is humour in the content I found that it helped to have seen the recent TV production starring Judy Dench, Imelda Staunton and many other famous actors, as I could picture them in my mind s eye as I listened, but if you are fond of writing from a bygone era, you should enjoy this too The story gives an insight into life as it was in the mid 19th century, with its petty rituals and prejudices, so if you are offended by old fashioned class structures, this may not be for you I bought this for my wife but, after we both greatly enjoyed the BBC 1 miniseries, I ended up reading it myself as well Compared to the miniseries, as expected, the book expands into details and can be savored in many levels.Sometimes escapism may require an action page turner Other times the same effect can be achieved by a slow novel about middle aged women and their daily troubles.Pettiness and kindness, age and genders, nobles and lowborn, progress and tradition, all come together and weave the tapestry of rural middle England of the 1840 s.RECOMMENDED Mrs Gaskell reads like a modern author The setting is 19th century but there is no sign of obfuscating English like you sometimes get in, say, Dickens Characters are variously and nicely drawn and the action is of real issues of that time It really is so relevant to 21st century England the place of women, foreign wars, dodgy stockmarkets, poverty, massive infrastucture investment, fear of the future, plus very close, human stories.I love this book Come to that , anything by Mrs Gaskell is a good read Crawford is a genteel tale of a small village of mainly ladies whose live revolve around small social occasions The story is told by Miss Mary Smith who is a friend and relation of the Miss Matty and Miss Deborah Jenkins The story revolves around the life of Miss Matty in particular and how she interacts with her maids and other residents in the village It is not all sweetness and light, but is a lovely tale all the same I am quite sad to have finished it.. Exclusively From Audible A Vivid And Affectionate Portrait Of The Residents Of An English Country Town In The Mid Th Century, Cranford Describes A Community Dominated By Its Independent And Refined Women, Relating The Adventures Of Miss Matty And Miss Deborah, Two Middle Aged Spinster Sisters Striving To Live With Dignity In Reduced Circumstances Through A Series Of Satirical Vignettes, Gaskell Sympathetically Portrays Changing Small Town Customs And Values In Mid Victorian England, In A Community Governed By Old Fashioned Habits And Dominated By Friendships Between Women Her Wry Account Of Rural Life Is Undercut, However, By Tragedy With Such Troubling Events As Matty S Bankruptcy, The Death Of Captain Brown And The Unwitting Cruelty Of Peter Jenkyns Gaskell Was An Accomplished Writer Who Had Many Of Her Stories Published In Charles Dickens Magazine Household Words She Was Also Friends With Charlotte Bront And After Her Death, Her Father, Patrick Bront , Chose Gaskell To Write The Life Of Charlotte BrontNarrator Biography Prunella Scales Is A Classically Trained Stage Actress But Is Best Known For Her Role As Sybil Fawlty In Fawlty Towers And For Her Role As Queen Elizabeth II In A Question Of Attribution , For Which She Was Nominated For A BAFTA Her Film Appearances Have Included Stiff Upper Lips , Howards End And Wolf She Was Awarded The CBE For Her Services To Drama In And The Patricia Rothermere Award For Her Contributions To British Theatre In More Recent Appearances Have Included The Mini Series The Shell Seekers , A Production Of Carrie S War At The Apollo Theatre And Horrid Henry The Movie Julian Barnes The Lemon Table And Anne Fine S Charm School Are Among The Many Audiobooks Prunella Scales Has Narrated